ART AND FORENSIC ANALYSIS
"Each work of art tells a story, "... The story of its making and meaning, of the material choices made by the artist, and of its survival more or less unharmed, through time. Object-based research can be used to establish the story line, and aided by scientific analysis, art historical and art technological source research, the plot may be revealed." [University of Glasgow, website for technical art history] this course will examine the mysteries of works of art from the medieval and early modern periods, roughly CA. 1000-1800. How were they made? What materials and techniques were used? Does the work of art look how it did originally? Why, or why not? What do historic and modern methods of conservation and restoration reveal about the object? We will explore these questions through readings, videos, and hands-on examination of materials and conservation techniques.